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Crusaders move to brink of United title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 04:23 pm

Crusaders move to brink of United title NORTH WILDWOOD – It wasn’t one of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s best efforts, but it was more than good enough.

Tuesday evening’s 51-35 win over Cedar Creek moved the Crusaders to the brink of clinching their first-ever outright Cape-Atlantic United Conference championship after the program tied for the title in each of the last two seasons. The United Conference was first created in 2011-12 when the CAL changed from a two- to a three-conference alignment.

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Olson nets 1000th point on Senior Night, dad's birthday

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 12, 2014 08:33 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There are quite a few ways a talented high school basketball player can score the 1,000th career point of his or her career.

Doing it on a technical free throw to start the second half of a game might not necessarily come to mind, but Alexis Olson was certainly glad to have the opportunity.

“I guess that’s just how it was supposed to come,” the senior from Cape May Tech said.

Olson sank two technical free throws for her 999th and 1,000th career points Tuesday evening after Pleasantville was penalized for entering a player into the game to start the second half that hadn’t previously been recorded in the official scorebook. The points were two of Olson’s game-high 17 in what was a more-difficult-than-it-should-have-been 47-41 win by the Lady Hawks over the Greyhounds.

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Emily Johnson makes college choice official

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, February 10, 2014 03:38 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Emily Johnson couldn’t contain her smile early Thursday afternoon.

The senior distance runner from Wildwood Catholic High School made her college choice official during a short ceremony at the school, inking a national letter of intent to attend Seton Hall University on a combined cross country and academic scholarship that will cover about 75 percent of the school’s annual tuition.

Members of the Wildwood Catholic senior class, underclassmen and coaches from the cross country and track teams, teachers, school administrators and members of her family were on hand with Johnson to celebrate the moment.

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Big games, coach’s return, milestones highlight early-week hoops slate

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:15 pm

Lauren Holden will be honored for breaking the Lower Cape May girls basketball scoring record The first few days of this week are filled with significant local high school basketball action, a slate that includes games with huge conference race implications as well as the celebrations of a couple of milestones.

On Monday, Middle Township and Ocean City will face off in both boys and girls action. The boys game, slated for 7 p.m. in Court House, is an important one in the race for second place in the Cape-Atlantic United Conference, which guarantees a berth in the CAL Playoff Tournament. The game will also mark the home return of Middle head coach Tom Feraco, who missed about five weeks after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Feraco did coach over the weekend in Middle’s loss to Cherry Hill West at the Shoot Down Cancer showcase event at St. Augustine Prep.

The Middle-Ocean City boys contest will air live on 98.7 FM radio.

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Boardwalk Hall date for Crest hockey player

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, February 07, 2014 03:06 pm

Sam Fitzpatrick has traveled far and wide during the course of his high school and club ice hockey career.

So it’s kind of ironic – but also rather convenient – that the Wildwood Crest resident will play the final regular-season home game of his career relatively close to home.

Fitzpatrick, a goaltender for the St. Augustine Prep hockey team, is expected to start when the Hermits host Gloucester Catholic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Fitzpatrick said. “Probably the best part about it is that our school’s going to bring a bunch of fans to the game. A lot of them aren’t able to go to our hockey games because they’re usually so far away, so to have a big amount of fans along with venue itself is going to be pretty amazing.”

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Big upcoming stretch for WCHS girls

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:27 pm

The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team has been considered the top team in the Cape-Atlantic League pretty much since the season began.

The Crusaders have led the CAL United Conference since the start and were unbeaten against New Jersey teams going into Wednesday’s game against Pleasantville (too late for this edition).

But all those accomplishments will be put to a severe test over the span over five days.

Wildwood Catholic, which sat at 14-2 overall, 7-0 in CAL United games entering midweek, is scheduled to play two huge league games against St. Joseph on Friday and Cedar Creek on Tuesday. In between, it’s another appearance at a high-level showcase event when the Crusaders face Toms River East at the War With The Shore at Mainland Saturday afternoon.

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Middle looking to make a run

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:31 pm

ERMA – It’s been a rather up and down season for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team.

“Last week was a classic example,” interim head coach Rewi Thompson said. “We had a three-game stretch where it looked like the first two (against Bridgeton and Oakcrest) were winnable games and we didn’t win either one of them. Then the third game, against a talented Delsea team, we probably had that chalked up as a loss and somehow we win that game. We’re definitely searching for consistency.”

Middle held on to beat rival Lower Cape May, 40-37, Tuesday evening for its second straight victory, improving the team to 8-7 overall, 4-4 in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. The Panthers held a 14-point lead at the close of three quarters before Lower (5-11) rallied.

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Emily Johnson picks Seton Hall

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 04:13 pm

The process of selecting a college for a coveted high school athlete can be rather tedious.

“The process of picking a school, there’s just so much to it,” Wildwood Catholic senior Emily Johnson said. “I had so many visits, two overnight visits, and I went to nine or 10 schools. All the emailing from coaches and unknown numbers calling your cell phone … It’s just such a relief to know where I’m going. I’m really excited.”

Johnson, one of the best female distance runners in Wildwood Catholic history, is going to Seton Hall. She is scheduled to sign a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. during a ceremony at Wildwood Catholic.

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McKeown, Pennington make college choices

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 03:50 pm

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington made their college choices official Wednesday morning.

With their families, friends, coaches and school administrators in attendance, the pair signed national letters of intent to accept Division I athletic scholarships.

McKeown will attend Temple for soccer. Pennington has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s.

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LCM pair to sign Letters of Intent today

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 05, 2014 08:52 am

Lower Cape May Regional High School seniors Gabriella McKeown and Josh Pennington are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent to accept college athletic scholarships this morning (Wednesday).

McKeown, who is set to attend Temple for soccer, and Pennington, who has accepted a scholarship offer from St. John’s for baseball, will sign during a ceremony in the Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education office located on the high school campus in Erma at 11 a.m.

McKeown is one of the best offensive players in Cape-Atlantic League girls soccer history. She finished her career with 90 career goals, ranking her among the top 10 in CAL history at the close of last season. She was a three-time first team National Conference all-star who led Lower to the 2013 CAL National Conference title, the program’s first-ever league championship.

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OCHS basketball teams make history

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, February 04, 2014 09:58 pm

Ocean City High School's basketball teams were both part of history Tuesday night.

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Crusader comeback stuns Spirit

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 01, 2014 09:33 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – All season, the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team has been trying to crash the party among the big boys of the Cape-Atlantic League.

Consider that party crashed.

The Crusaders stormed back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to nip Holy Spirit, 49-46, in a Battle by the Bay showcase game at Holy Spirit High School Saturday evening.

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WHS honors coaches here, gone and elsewhere

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:48 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School honored perhaps the three most famous coaches in school history Monday evening.

In front of a packed gymnasium in between games of a girl-boy doubleheader against Lower Cape May, Wildwood High School held a ceremony to retire the No. 22 worn by Frank Vogel during his high school basketball playing days at the school. Vogel never coached at Wildwood but is now doing so at the highest level of basketball in the world. He couldn’t make the ceremony; it seems he was across the country getting the Indiana Pacers team he coaches ready to play the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Cape Tech senior nears 1,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 29, 2014 09:40 pm

Alexis Olson was speaking specifically about her quest for 1,000 career points but she certainly said some words all of us can live by.

“I think of personally how much effort I put into this and that it’s an achievement I think I’ll only be able to look back at and say, ‘If I work hard at something, I know I can do it,’” she said. “And that could be anything in life.”

Olson is a 5-11 senior forward on the Cape May Tech girls basketball team. She stood 75 points away from becoming only the third player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point barrier entering games against Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph late this week.

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